No one ever plans on crashing. In fact, I’m pretty sure I can safely say that most people try to avoid it at all costs. Try as you might though, there is still a good chance that you will go down eventually. That’s where someone like G-Form comes in. With a tagline of ‘protection for every body,’ G-Form’s goal is to make wearing protection less of an uncomfortable experience so when you do actually crash, you’ll be protected rather than wishing you had decided to wear your pads that day.
The company was started back in 2012 by Dan Wyner, after making OEM padding for the motorcycle industry for a few years prior. But the story goes back farther than that. Far from an average entrepreneur, Dan’s first ties to G-form go back to request from NASA to develop a material that was super light, flexible, and still absorbed a large amount of energy. Eventually Dan figured out a way to inject C02 bubbles coated in silicone into a piece of foam inside a mold to create a reactive foam. When impacted, the C02 bubbles expand, absorbing the impact but then return to their normal size. It was because of discoveries like this that Dan has four patents with NASA and is a member of the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Now, G-Form is taking that same energy absorption and building it into a range of padding not just for cycling, but for a number of different sports. Using improved fits and fabrics, G-Form pads are worth a look, especially if you haven’t done so recently…
One of the biggest additions to the line up is the new Pro-B bib liner short. Most of us wear some sort of chamois liner when we ride, so why not add a bit of protection? Compared to their current short liner, the new bib liner gets rid of the tailbone protection since it had mixed reactions on the shorts. The Bib does offer hip protection though, with two built in pads, one on each hip. All of the padding now uses a double stitched muscle contour for better fit and a more breathable material throughout.
Sold in men’s and women’s, the Pro-B offers improved leg grippers, a full mesh back, and 3 built in rear pockets for storing gear. Available for $149 this coming January, the bibs are machine washable thanks to the waterproof TPE coating, but G-Form recommends air drying.
For those who frequently bash their ankles against cranks, or other parts of their bike, G-Form will soon have an answer. The new Ankle Guards are reversible so you can run the extra protection on your achilles or the front of your ankle, and are designed to fit with most shoes. Pricing TBA.
Expect to see even more padding options from G-Form in the near future including a custom program which will be made available to dealers.